Soccer transfer rumors: Philippe Coutinho - Barcelona hits snag

by Leon Thompson September 1, 2017, 1:46
Soccer transfer rumors: Philippe Coutinho - Barcelona hits snag

The Brazilian midfielder has asked Liverpool to release him so that he can join Barcelona who are reported to be ready to offer a fee close to 160 million euros for the player.

Should the deal be completed then the fee will eclipse the £133m Barcelona intend to pay Borussia Dortmund for France global Ousmane Dembele, who completed his move to the Nou Camp after one year in the Bundesliga earlier this week. The Spaniard is of the view Dybala is very similar to club legend Lionel Messi and he is seeking a different kind of player. Furthermore, it leaves Liverpool scrambling around to find a replacement with the Premier League transfer window due to slam shut at 11pm.

Coutinho has not played for Liverpool this season because of injury.

Moore joked that the window cleaner was trying to get a transfer scoop, but if he had stuck around a bit long he may well have after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signed for the Reds, becoming the first major deal of deadline day.

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Despite being a popular player around Liverpool, his relationship with the club has soured in recent weeks.

They continue to hold off Barcelona from Philippe Coutinho, but Mamadou Sakho looks likely to leave for Crystal Palace, while Divock Origi has left on a season long loan to Wolfsburg today.

"I told him (Coutinho) that I want him to go wherever he feels happy", Tite told a press conference ahead of Thursday's World Cup qualifier in Porto Alegre. If it's another one, I'll be ok.

"I don't have an opinion on what is best for him".

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